It's a fact that refrigerated food needs to stay at least 40° F or below. Most people do a good job following these instructions, especially in their commercial units. But, regular servicing and maintenance are required to keep them running cold. In this article, we'll go over 7 tips for proper refrigeration servicing and maintenance.
1. Clean Interior or Exterior
To keep a commercial refrigeration unit in top shape, it's important to clean the interior and exterior at least weekly or biweekly.
Start by removing all of the items from the inside of the fridge and put them in another unit temporarily. Using a brush and warm water, soap or vinegar wipe the inside.
Since some of the parts are removable, make sure you wash those separately. Ensure you thoroughly dry the inside. To clean the outside, use a soft brush and the same water and soap solution.
2. Inspect the Evaporator Coil
The evaporator coil is an important piece of a commercial refrigerator unit. To prevent issues with the coil, make sure you always keep the area surrounding the coil clear.
3. Don't Neglect the Condenser or Coil
If you have a commercial refrigerator unit, it's important you clean the condenser coil at least once every three months. Depending on the unit, you might have to clean it more often, so refer to the manufacturer's manual.
To clean the coil, use a bristle brush and clean the dirt and dust from the coil.
4. Check the Air Filter
With all the grease and dust that flies around in a commercial kitchen, the air filters of a commercial refrigeration unit can get clogged.
It's important you get rid of any buildup of grease in the air filter to keep it in top shape. Otherwise, if too much grease builds up, you might have to replace the filter altogether.
5. Inspect the Gasket
In commercial refrigerator units, the gaskets are an important component to keep it working properly. Make it a habit to inspecting the gaskets consistently to make sure they're not broken or cracked.
A broken gasket can prevent the unit from cooling properly or the cool air can escape. Replace the gasket according to the manufacturer's recommendation.
6. Consistently Clean the Drain Pans and Tubes
A large commercial refrigerator unit can collect a lot of fluid that could turn into sludge. The build-up of fluid can freeze and damage the unit.
To prevent the fluid and excess water from freezing, empty out the drain pans and tubes.
7. Keep Your Commercial Fridge Dry
Since water can collect on many surfaces of the unit, it's important you clean up any spills right away. To prevent the water from freezing, do a daily inspection and wipe off excess water right away.
Stay on Top of Commercial Refrigeration Servicing and Maintenance
Now that you know the proper refrigeration servicing and maintenance steps to take, you can keep your unit in top shape.
Start by always cleaning the interior and exterior, inspect the gasket, check the air filter, and more.
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